Richard has published research papers in leading peer reviewed academic journals (including Nature and Psychological Bulletin), and this work has been cited in over 20 introductory textbooks. His research has been funded by several organisations, including The Leverhulme Trust, The Wellcome Trust, and The Perrott-Warrick Fund at Trinity College Cambridge. Download copies of Richard’s academic papers here and sign-up to take part in his studies here.
Richard’s research has examined an eclectic mix of psychological topics, including….
Luck: Examining the lives of people who consistently experience good or bad fortune to uncover the psychology of luck and discover whether it is possible to help make people luckier.
Illusion, deception & lying: Exploring the behavioural signals that are associated with lying, how to train people to become better lie detectors, the psychology of illusion and the techniques used by professional magicians.
The paranormal: Taking a skeptical stance on the paranormal, this research examines how developing normal explanations for seemingly extraordinary phenomena reveals insights into our brains, beliefs and behaviour.
Laughlab: Billed as ‘the scientific search for the world’s funniest joke’, this fun mass participation experiment aimed to explore the psychology of humour. Discover more about Laughlab here.